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9 new iota’s worked and 2 new grids


Posted: August 30th, 2014 under 6M, Dxpedition, Hamradio, Soundclips.

In the past few month, radio activity has been low. I've only been making a few contacts, mostly with new iota's. 6M has not been that good either. Anyway, here is a report from the past few months.

On July 11th, I worked TA0/DF8DX on 20M CW from iota AS-201. This was a new iota for me, and everyone else. Since 11 new iota's was added to the list in July, it didn't take long for one of them to be activated. Read about the additions here.

On July 19th, I worked LA4YGA on 6M jt6m from JO37 for a new grid. I have missed this grid several times during the years. It is not an easy grid to work, since an expedition is needed. The right propagation must be present at the same time, and I believe this contact was done via tropo.

On August 6th, I worked F/GM0GAV/p on 20M CW from iota EU-156. This was a new iota for me.

On August 8th, I worked EA5MON on 20M SSB from iota EU-069. This was yet another new iota for me.

On August 10th, I worked EI9E on 6M jt6m from IO41. This was a new grid for me.

On August 13th, I was lucky to work another of the newly added iota's. JA6TBE/5 was worked on 20M CW from AS-200.

On August 14th, I worked LI6OP (LA6OP) on 20M SSB from iota EU-062. I visited Sindre back in 2005, so it was nice to finally meet him on the air.

On August 16th, I worked HL1VAU/2 from AS-105 and DS2GWM/3 from AS-080 on 17M CW. Both were new iota's for me.

On August 19th, I worked RI1O on 20M CW and R7AL/1 on 30M CW from iota EU-119 for a new iota. GN0GRC was worked on 40M SSB from iota EU-122.

On August 22nd, I worked RK3DZJ/1 on 30M CW from iota EU-082. He had a nice and strong signal, but very few takers. Perhaps he had bad propagation up north. YP0F was worked on 20M CW from EU-191. This was a new iota for me, and the third one I worked of the eleven added back in July.

On August 27th, I worked VK5CE/8 on 20M SSB from OC-173. This was a new iota, and the third new iota Craig has given me. Read about his trip here. Thank you very much for the activation, and good luck with the VK6ISL OC-294 expedition. I hope I'll work you from that island too.

I did try to work Craig on August 26th, but he just could not hear me. He had very few takers at the time. In the afternoon, his signal had picked up a lot, but so had the callers. I had no chance getting through that mess.

On August 29th, I worked RI0X on 40M CW from AS-064. I had been looking for them several days, but not having much luck. They were mostly on the low bands, where we didn't have propagation. The conditions didn't play along either, with the GMF being active. I did hear them weak on 20M CW at one point, but no chance for qso.

Because of this, I was quite surprised to hear them with a good signal on 40M. It was still daylight here at 1659z, and I think they were starting to enter twilight at their side. What surprised me even more, was that they called alot with very few takers. Listen to the signal below.

On August 30th, RI0X were on 20M CW in the morning with quite a nice signal. You could clearly hear the polarflutter when the signal passed through the aurora oval. If you look at the screenshot taken on August 29th, I have tried to mark the path from RI0X to me.

Read more about the RI0X expedition here.

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2 new on 6M with 9K and 8P


Posted: July 13th, 2014 under 6M, Hamradio.

First qso in June came on the 4th. I worked FS/W6IZT on 20M CW. JY9FC was worked on 6M CW. ZA/PA2CHR was worked on 6M SSB. R7AL/5 was worked on 20M CW from iota EU-180. I’m not sure this one is valid though, according to some cluster spots, it is not.

On the 8th, I worked a small 6m opening. I worked I, LZ, HB9, DL and YO.

On the 9th, I worked F4FET/p on 20M SSB from EU-107. In the afternoon, I was lucky to catch 9K2MU on 6M CW for a new one on 6M. At the time of this writing, the qso was also confirmed on LoTW. Thank you Murtada!

On June 10th, I worked SA6G/7 on 20M CW from EU-137 for a new iota. RZ9DX/9/p was worked on 20M CW from AS-005 for a new iota.

On June 15th, I worked MS0WRC on 40M SSB from EU-092 for a new iota.

On July 1st, I worked 8P6SH on 6M SSB for a new one on 6M. I did hear FG and 9Y, but I didn’t call them, as I had worked them before.

On July 2nd, I did copy DU7/PA0HIP on 6M CW. I heard his cq in and out for several minutes, and I gave him a call. He responded, but I did not copy him when giving me a report. The signal had much qsb with some qrm on the side. That would have been a new one for me. Anyway, it was nice to hear DU on 6M.

On July 3rd, I had an opening to North-America late in the evening. I worked 19 qsoes with Alabama as a new state. YV4NN was copied for a few minutes after the opening to North-America, but he faded before I could work him. Earlier in the day, I did hear T6DD on 6M CW for a few minutes, but it was not enough for a qso. Pity, as it would have been a new one for me.

On July 4th, I worked EX9T on 6M CW in MN82 for a new grid. UN3GX was also worked on 6M CW.


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#324 on LoTW with NH0J


Posted: June 11th, 2014 under Hamradio, LoTW.

I got this one confirmed only a few days after my contact back in May. That was #324 on LoTW only. I guess it will be quite some time until I get my next new one confirmed on LoTW. They are getting harder and harder to come by.


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DX report from May and 6M opening up


Posted: June 8th, 2014 under 6M, Hamradio.

On May 1st, I worked TZ6BB on 40M CW for a new one on 40M. The qso was confirmed that same evening on LoTW. Thank you Fernando. PJ7RV was worked on 15M CW for a new one on 15M.

On May 2nd, I worked TJ3SN on 12M CW. This one was quickly confirmed on LoTW. Hope to see you on 6M Nicolas.

On May 3rd, I worked F5KKD/p on 15M SSB from EU-070 for a new iota.

On May 6th, I worked Bo OX3LX on 17M and 30M CW from NA-134 for a new iota. PY7RP/6 was worked on 15M CW from SA-080 for a new iota.

On May 9th, I worked NH0J on 20M RTTY for a new one on RTTY. PJ5/K6NAO was worked on 17M CW for a new one on 17M.

On May 10th, I worked MX0INT on 20M CW from EU-109 for a new iota.

On May 13th, I worked YB5IR/5 on 30M CW from OC-107 for a new iota.

On May 15th, I worked YF1AR/6 on 20M SSB from OC-270 for a new iota.

On May 16th, I worked IS0BSR/IM0 on 6M SSB from JM48. That was a new gridsquare for me.

On May 17th, I worked YB4IR/5 on 17M CW from OC-106.

On May 18th, I worked FY/F5UOW on 12M CW from SA-020 for a new iota. YB4IR/5 was worked on 17M CW from OC-109 for a new iota.

On May 23rd, I worked IH9/IV3NVN on 6M CW from JM56 for a new gridsquare.

On May 25th, I worked YF1AR/5 on 15M SSB from OC-215. MJ0ASP/p was worked on 17M CW from EU-099. Both were new iota's.

On May 26th, I worked YB8RW/p on 15M SSB from OC-209 for a new iota.

On May 30th, I worked TM1INT on 15M CW and 20M SSB from EU-159 for a new iota. The Invoker Team gave me yet another new iota.

On May 31st, I worked TM1INT on 6M CW and 30M CW from EU-159. I had a 6M opening where I worked several stations from Ukraine and a new grid with KN67.

We have had a few 6M openings, but most of it has been to Europe. I haven't bothered working anything of it. On May 16th, I did copy A25GF for a few minutes. He faded before I could work him. On May 23rd I heard JY9FC weakly a few minutes. On May 25th, we had another 6M opening with several EA8 stations heard and some europeans. On May 31st, we had another opening, but not much of interest. I heard stations from SV5, GM, F, I, S5, G, SP, ES, HA, LZ, ER, EI, YO, SV1, OH, SV9, LY, OK and YL.


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DX report from April


Posted: May 26th, 2014 under Hamradio, LoTW, Soundclips.

Wow, time flies way too fast these days. I'm not working much radio for the time being. Usually I'm chasing new islands or perhaps a new bandcountry here and there. Conditions has been up and down, and the 6M season has started again when I write this. Well, here is my report from April.

On April 3rd, I worked 9H5G/C6A on 12M SSB from NA-054 for a new iota. The qso was quickly confirmed via LoTW. VK9MT was worked on 20M CW for a new one on 20M.

On April 4th, I worked VK9MT on 17M CW, and it was a new one on 17M. Both VK9MT qsoes were confirmed on LoTW pretty quickly. The manager is M0URX, so I knew it would be a fast confirmation.

On April 5th, I worked 5J0X on 10M CW for a new one on 10M. This was confirmed quickly on LoTW. CW4R was worked on 10M SSB from SA-039 for a new iota.

On April 6th, I worked 9M2/R6AF/p on 40M CW from AS-046 for a new iota. He was easy to work on 40M CW, but I didn't manage to get him on 17M CW earlier that day. He had partial of my call, but signals were too weak.

On April 10th, I worked YB4IR/5 on 20M CW from OC-106 for a new iota.

On April 11th, I worked PJ4H on 30M CW for a new one on 30M. 7N2JZT/6 was worked on 12M CW from AS-024 for a new iota. JG8NQJ/JD1 was worked on 15M CW. ZL4PW was worked on 10M CW in the evening for a new one on 10M. I was quite surprised to hear his signal, and even more surprised that he could copy me.

On April 14th, I worked KH8/DL6JGN on 17M CW for a new one on 17M. YB4IR/5 was worked on 17M CW.

On April 15th, I worked JA8COE/6 on 20M CW from AS-067 for a new iota.

On April 16th, I worked A35X on 15M CW for a new one on 15M. A35V was worked on 20M CW.

On April 17th, I worked KH8/DL6JGN on 30M CW for a new one on 30M. JW7QIA was worked on 40M CW with heavy aurora-flutter.

On April 18th, I worked E20HHK/p on 15M CW from AS-145 for a new iota.

On April 19th, I worked KH8/DL6JGN on 30M CW again. He didn't have my call correct the first time. S79SD was worked on 15M cw for a new one on 15M. An LoTW confirmation came quickly for this one.

On April 25th, I worked 3D2RH on 17M CW for a new one on 17M.

On April 26th, I got 3 new iota's from Indonesia. I worked YB9/PB5X from OC-022 on 20M SSB. YB8RXA/p was worked on 15M SSB from OC-210. YC9WIC/p was worked on 20M SSB from OC-239.

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